We stayed in the A Loop of Watchman the first part of May right next to the river. It was a great spot and our kids loved the 30 yard walk over to the water to throw rocks in. The campsites are nicely spaced too so you don't feel like you're right on top of your neighbors.
The construction was completed in this section so the bathrooms were clean, bright and nicely upgraded. There is also a nice washing station on the outside of the building.
It is a short walk along the river to the visitor center to pick up the shuttle to take you deeper into the park.
I do have to say that the caterpillars were terrible this year (see below). Walking passed some of the cottownwood trees it sounding like it was raining because of all the caterpillars that were falling to the ground. They loved anything that was green, blue, or black. Completely avoided our red canvas stroller and tan camp chair. They were very quick to make cocoons and when it came time to clean up it was a hassel and a bit messy to get rid of them. We found them everywhere even up the little sleeves where the tent poles go. I didn't really notice them on any hikes just in the campground and visitor area.
"Western Tent Caterpillar
In April and May the campgrounds in Zion National Park are teeming with tent caterpillars. The western tent caterpillar is a native species of the western United States, southern Canada, and northern Mexico. Cottonwood trees seem to be the preferred host in Zion Canyon, but tent caterpillars may defoliate many species of broadleaf trees and shrubs. Western tent caterpillar populations are cyclical and reach outbreak densities every 8-10 years. During these peak phases of the population cycle, damage can be extreme, but these are natural processes which are protected on National Park Service lands."
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Consists of 228 campsites with restrooms. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Watchman Campground Hotel Zion National Park
- Watchman Campground Zion National Park, Utah